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Gym membership fees – what's the 'quitting point' when it comes to price increases?
BY Tom Walker | 18 Aug 2022
Younger men at independent gyms are more likely than any other consumer group to accept increases in their membership fees, while older women at leisure centres are least accepting of price increases.
ISPA presents Dedicated Contributor Award to Jennifer Wayland-Smith
BY Megan Whitby | 18 Aug 2022
Jennifer Wayland-Smith has been recognised by the International Spa Association (ISPA) with the 2023 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award.
Peloton becomes the latest pandemic boomtime business to announce restructuring, as out-of-home fitness bounces back
BY Tom Walker | 18 Aug 2022
Peloton is set to axe around 800 jobs, increase the price of its equipment and close some of its retail operations as part of efforts to turn around the decline in its business.
Hydrow cuts staff to "right-size the business"
BY Frances Marcellin | 15 Aug 2022
At-home rower maker Hydrow is one of the latest connected-fitness companies to announce staff cuts. The tech company which won celebrity backing from the likes of Justin Timberlake and actor Kevin Hart – who is also on board as creative director – confirmed it would be cutting 35 per cent of its workforce, just four months after raising US$55m in Series D funding.
Chanyapak Suwankantha promoted to Chiva-Som’s director of wellness
BY Megan Whitby | 15 Aug 2022
Integrative health and wellness resort operator Chiva-Som based in Hua Hin, Thailand, has announced the appointment of Chanyapak Suwankantha as wellness director.
Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa concept to arrive in California in 2023
BY Megan Whitby | 15 Aug 2022
Destination spa and wellness operator Miraval Resorts & Spas has revealed plans to open its fourth Life in Balance Spa in the US. The new facility will be located at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego, California, and open in early 2023.
World Gym launches strength-only club concept
BY Tom Walker | 14 Aug 2022
World Gym International has launched a strength-only gym concept, which it says will cater for a need to provide franchisees with the option of a smaller-sized footprint and strong unit economics.
Universal's Epic Universe set to open in 2025
BY Tom Walker | 12 Aug 2022
Building work on Universal's Epic Universe – a new theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, US – is advancing and the park is set to open to visitors in 2025.
Open water swimming venue launched in London's Canary Wharf
BY Tom Walker | 12 Aug 2022
A new open water swimming venue will has been launched in the heart of Canary Wharf, London, UK – one of Europe's most prestigious office and commercial districts.
Seventh International Museum Construction Congress to be held in Norway this year
BY Tom Walker | 11 Aug 2022
The International Museum Construction Congress (IMCC) will take place in the Norwegian capital city, Oslo, from 6 to 8 November 2022.
The 'world's most anticipated museum' to finally open this year
BY Tom Walker | 11 Aug 2022
The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to finally open its doors after a design and construction project which has taken more than 20 years to complete.
Pure Gym founder, Peter Roberts, invests in personal training app Another Round
BY Tom Walker | 11 Aug 2022
Peter Roberts, former CEO and founder of Pure Gym, has invested in Another Round, a personal training app which utilises AI and machine learning.
Voya releases Cancer Wellness Training for spa therapists
BY Megan Whitby | 11 Aug 2022
Irish marine spa and skincare brand Voya is offering a new Cancer Wellness Training Programme as part of its in-house spa Training Academy offering.
IHRSA Global Report finds reassuring signs of recovery with some operators beating pre-pandemic numbers
BY Tom Walker | 10 Aug 2022
Fitness markets around the globe are demonstrating "reassuring signs of recovery" following the pandemic disruptions according to the new 2022 IHRSA Global Report.
Horniman Museum to return 72 looted artefacts to Nigeria
BY Tom Walker | 10 Aug 2022
Sesnan questions Tower Hamlet insourcing decision – says it will increase costs by £2.1m a year
BY Tom Walker | 09 Aug 2022
Mark Sesnan, CEO of GLL, has pushed back on Tower Hamlet Council’s decision to take the operation of its leisure services back in-house when GLL’s contract ends in April 2024.
Decommissioned oil rig transformed into See Monster art installation
BY Tom Walker | 09 Aug 2022
An oil rig that spent three decades in the North Sea before it was retired last year is being transformed into an interactive art installation in Weston-super-Mare, UK.
Remembering Olivia Newton-John – a champion of wellness
BY Megan Whitby | 09 Aug 2022
Actress, singer and long-term wellness advocate, Dame Olivia Newton-John has died aged 73.
Ohm Fitness opens first EMS studio – plans 45 US locations over three years
BY Tom Walker | 08 Aug 2022
Ohm Fitness, a new franchised fitness studio concept, has opened its first location in Scottsdale, Arizona.
'Highest quality' motion capture system could help transform recovery and rehabilitation
BY Tom Walker | 08 Aug 2022
A solution dubbed the 'world’s highest quality motion capture system' could help sports scientists, personal trainers and other professionals working across recovery and rehabilitation provide more accurate advice and exercise regimes.
     
 


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18 Jul 2022
Tonal chases profits with 35% cut in workforce
Tonal chases profits with 35% cut in workforce   Tonal, the at-home strength-training startup backed by Amazon and athletes such as Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Mike Tyson, has announced a restructuring, reducing its workforce by 35 per cent as part of a move to sustainable growth and profit. The company said that while sales have continued to grow, so .... More>>
18 Jul 2022
All change at Six Senses New York
All change at Six Senses New York   Faena Group is rumoured to be gearing up to open a property in New York, replacing Six Senses as hotel operator in the One High Line mixed-use development. The change of tack marks the end of Six Senses’ plans to open a flagship property in the Bjarke Ingels-designed building, originally named The Eleventh (XI) .... More>>
15 Jul 2022
New clinical wellness resort brand to debut in India, following 8bn rupee investment
New clinical wellness resort brand to debut in India, following 8bn rupee investment   Kerala, India, has been selected as the location for the first-ever Tulah property – the brand new clinical wellness brand spearheaded by UAE-based KEF Holdings (KEF)*. The brand’s inaugural facility will open in Chelembra as a 30-acre facility offering a comprehensive healthcare programme that provides access .... More>>
15 Jul 2022
Peloton stops making its own products – outsources manufacturing to Rexon
Peloton stops making its own products – outsources manufacturing to Rexon   Peloton has announced that it will exit all owned manufacturing operations, cease making its own products and instead expand its partnership with Taiwan-based manufacturer Rexon. CEO Barry McCarthy – a former Netflix executive who became CEO in February this year – said that the move will help to simplify .... More>>
15 Jul 2022
UK independent gym sector valued at £625m
UK independent gym sector valued at £625m   LeisureDB has launched a new Spotlight Report series analysing the independent sector of the fitness industry. It has been compiled by drilling down into the State of the Fitness Industry Report, which was released in May 2022. The new report delves into changes that occurred in the independent sector .... More>>
13 Jul 2022
Industry mourns death of Meow Wolf co-founder, Matt King
Industry mourns death of Meow Wolf co-founder, Matt King   Meow Wolf, the immersive arts and entertainment company, has announced the death of its co–founder, Matt King. No further details of King’s death have been made public, though Meow Wolf’s Facebook page described it as “sudden". King was an instrumental figure behind the company, which was launched in 2008 as .... More>>
12 Jul 2022
From fitness explorers to wellness lovers, Club Intel report identifies key gym-going personas
From fitness explorers to wellness lovers, Club Intel report identifies key gym-going personas   A new report – Optimising personalisation using fitness personas – which defines four key gym-goer types has been released by insight firm Club Intel. The findings are the culmination of two years of consumer research involving 1,500 consumer surveys – in collaboration with research firm Dynata – and .... More>>
12 Jul 2022
Bulgari sets sights on Maldives with plans for new high-end hotel and spa
Bulgari sets sights on Maldives with plans for new high-end hotel and spa   Bulgari Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to open its first resort in the Maldives in 2025. Complete with a signature Bulgari spa, the Bulgari Resort Ranfushi will be the 13th property in Bulgari’s hospitality portfolio – a group owned by Marriott International. The resort will be set in the Raa Atoll in the Maldives archipelago and span 20 hectares of .... More>>
12 Jul 2022
Triumph of the Weekend warrior. Total amount of exercise more important than number of sessions
Triumph of the Weekend warrior. Total amount of exercise more important than number of sessions   Doing the recommended amount of exercise during weekends is just as beneficial as spreading physical activity out across the week, a new study has found. An international team of researchers tracked 350,000 US adults over a period of 10 years to see how the health of "weekend warriors" – people who are highly .... More>>
12 Jul 2022
Patrizia Bortolin and Stefano Battaglia spearhead launch of Glowing Flow Wellness Specialists
Patrizia Bortolin and Stefano Battaglia spearhead launch of Glowing Flow Wellness Specialists   Italian wellness professionals Patrizia Bortolin and Stefano Battaglia have launched a new spa and wellness consultancy, named Glowing Flow Wellness Specialists (Glowing Flow). The duo hark from destination wellness resort Preidlhof in South Tyrol, Italy, where Bortolin acts as spa designer and wellness .... More>>
11 Jul 2022
FlowRider rebrands to reflect 'past and future'
FlowRider rebrands to reflect 'past and future'   FlowRider, the stationary wave machine pioneer, has undergone a rebrand for the first time since its launch in 1991. The first FlowRider opened in 1991 at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas, US. Since its launch, the company has expanded at a steady pace and there are now more than 250 FlowRider sites .... More>>
11 Jul 2022
Ritz-Carlton Spas unveil new wellness journeys created in collaboration with ESPA
Ritz-Carlton Spas unveil new wellness journeys created in collaboration with ESPA   Global spa brand ESPA has produced exclusive wellness programming, named Meaningful Wellness Journeys, for select Ritz-Carlton hotel spas across the globe. ESPA has created 10 new Meaningful Wellness rituals centred around three key wellness pillars – Mind, Body and Skin – for the Marriott-owned hotel brand. The .... More>>
08 Jul 2022
Nordic wilderness inspires new spa at Scandic Hotels’ largest-ever hotel
Nordic wilderness inspires new spa at Scandic Hotels’ largest-ever hotel   Scandic Hotels’ latest property Scandic Spectrum is now open, a lively new hotel in Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen. Located on the waterfront, the hotel is complete with 632 rooms, a wellness area, two restaurants, a rooftop bar and event spaces. Open to hotel guests and day guests alike, the hotel’s .... More>>
08 Jul 2022
New physical activity body – the NSPG – calls for radical reform to 'unlock the potential' of the sector
New physical activity body – the NSPG – calls for radical reform to 'unlock the potential' of the sector   A coalition of leading organisations across the physical activity sector has called for radical reform to support its growth and development. The formation of the UK's new National Sector Partners' Group (NSPG) follows the publication of a landmark report, called Unlocking the potential, which proposes .... More>>
08 Jul 2022
Lanserhof Sylt suspends new arrivals, citing operational issues
Lanserhof Sylt suspends new arrivals, citing operational issues   Lanserhof Sylt, Lanserhof Group’s new health retreat in Germany, has temporarily suspended new arrivals. It had previously indicated that the resort would close for the remainder of July, but this statement has now been updated, with confirmation that the resort will remain open, but that it will run at reduced .... More>>
07 Jul 2022
Fitness and Lifestyle Group reveals new onboarding process
Fitness and Lifestyle Group reveals new onboarding process   Fitness & Lifestyle Group (FLG) has upgraded its digital joining process across Fitness First Australia, Goodlife Australia, Jetts New Zealand and Zap Fitness brands as part of a revamped digital offering. Following a transformation of both front- and back-end operations, joiners can now signup online, set up .... More>>
07 Jul 2022
David Adjaye and Ralph Appelbaum selected for £57m International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum project
David Adjaye and Ralph Appelbaum selected for £57m International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum project   Adjaye Associates and Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) have been named as the preferred bidders to lead the design of a £57m redevelopment of the International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum in Liverpool, UK. National Museums Liverpool (NML) picked the two design firms for the project which will see the Dr .... More>>
07 Jul 2022
Gibson, Gaitanos, Johannessen and Apostoli keynote first-ever Medical Wellness Congress
Gibson, Gaitanos, Johannessen and Apostoli keynote first-ever Medical Wellness Congress   The first edition of the Medical Wellness Congress (MWC) took place last week at St Martin’s Lodge & Spa Hotel in Austria, with approximately 100 people attending from across the spa, medical, aesthetic and wellness industries. The two-day conference included keynotes, workshops and networking, with attendees .... More>>
06 Jul 2022
2022 Rugby League World Cup delivers £25.8m boost to northern communities
2022 Rugby League World Cup delivers £25.8m boost to northern communities   The Rugby League World Cup's social impact programme has resulted in £25.8m of investment in local communities across northern England. According to an independent report, which looked at the social impact of the tournament, the event has already led to improvements in facilities, local economies and the .... More>>
06 Jul 2022
Virgin Active opens at Milan’s sleek new Bocconi University
Virgin Active opens at Milan’s sleek new Bocconi University   Virgin Active and Myrtha Wellness have joined forces to open a health club and wellness centre at Milan’s new Bocconi University. The entire campus was designed by Pritzker-prize winning architects, SANAA, whose work includes the New Contemporary Art Museum in Manhattan, the Christian Dior building in Tokyo and .... More>>
06 Jul 2022
How can the wellness industry attract Gen Z consumers?
How can the wellness industry attract Gen Z consumers?   Generation Z (Gen Z) has been cited as the next big generation of consumers that the wellness industry needs to target, but how should spas appeal to their new lifestyle which is more ‘switched on’ and ‘fast-paced’ than previous generations? In the latest Spa Business Handbook, Ingo Schweder – founder of .... More>>
04 Jul 2022
Belmond Hotels and Dior celebrate La Dolce Vita with pop-up spas in Portofino
Belmond Hotels and Dior celebrate La Dolce Vita with pop-up spas in Portofino   Belmond Hotels has partnered with Dior for an exclusive new wellness experience in the gardens of its luxury hotel in Portofino, named Splendido, A Belmond Hotel. The hotel’s tiered gardens overlooking Portofino Bay have recently become the setting for two Dior spa gazebos, offering bespoke wellness treatments .... More>>
04 Jul 2022
F45 will work with corporations to open in-house studios
F45 will work with corporations to open in-house studios   F45 has launched a corporate partnership programme which will enable businesses to open an F45 studio inside their own company premises. Aerospace and defence company, Northrop Grumman, will be among the first to join F45’s new corporate scheme. “We see tremendous growth potential within the corporate .... More>>
04 Jul 2022
Health clubs on front line of healthcare in new initiative
Health clubs on front line of healthcare in new initiative   A two-year research project will look to find ways to transform the UK's physical activity facilities into musculoskeletal (MSK) hubs that could be used by the National Health Service (NHS). Called Healthy Ageing Challenge, the project aims to design a system-based approach to better integrate leisure .... More>>
30 Jun 2022
‘Gratitude reduces stress’ finds new study
‘Gratitude reduces stress’ finds new study   A recent research study has found that gratitude between team members can improve their performance in high-stress situations. The study into the physiological and biological benefits for teams of displays of gratitude has shown they prompt an enhanced cardiovascular response that can lead to increased .... More>>
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